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absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. It's no use trying to talk to Helen when she's absorbed in thought like that; it's as if we don't even exist!
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be absorbed by (something)

To have all of one's attention, interest, or identity completely dominated by or engrossed in something. I was so absorbed by the movie that I didn't even notice you coming in! He is so absorbed by his work that he doesn't have enough time for his family anymore.
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absorb (someone or something) in(to) (something)

1. To integrate someone or something into a new environment or situation. At least the new company has been able to absorb all of the old employees into its corporate structure
2. To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. The paper towel quickly absorbed the liquid into itself.
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absorb (oneself) in (something)

To occupy or preoccupy oneself completely with activity or pursuit. Greg absorbed himself in video games every day after school. I wanted to impress Juliet, so I absorbed myself in music by her favorite band.
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absorb (something) with (something)

To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. I had to absorb the water from the overflowing toilet with large towels to keep it from leaking through the floor.
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absorb oneself in someone or something

Fig. [for someone] to become very interested or preoccupied with something or someone else's interests. Tom would often absorb himself in his children's activities on weekends.
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absorb someone in(to) something

[of a person or a group of people] to include someone in all the activities of the group; to integrate someone into something. The club absorbed the new members into the organization.
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absorb something in(to) something

[of matter or substance] to draw something into itself. The sponge absorbed all the moisture into its fibers.
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absorb something with something

to soak up a fluid with something. Henry absorbed the spilled milk with a sponge.
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This is possible if there is accessibility, availability and affordability to diversify food to enhance absorbability of iron in the general population.
Plunkett (7) attempted to test the first two theories of ETAP by having athletes digest fluid of varying absorbability and use various physical methods in an attempt to increase or decrease the amount of ETAP.
Mario Ferruzzi, lead researcher and associate professor of food science and nutrition at Purdue University, insists that adding ascorbic acid to green tea would increase the absorbability of catechins found in the tea.
You place inserts made of layers of fabric inside the pocket, according to your absorbability needs.
As per Rogers (1995) model of Innovation Decision Process, innovations that are perceived by firms as having greater relative advantages, compatibility, absorbability and less complexity will be adopted more rapidly rather than other innovations.
Besides the necessity of aid to finance elementary education and questions about sustainability, absorbability, etc.
(13.) Holmstrom, B., Moral Hazard and Absorbability, Bell Journal of Economics (10 : 1979)
Examples include cost behavior (fixed or variable), decision relevance, cash flow relevance, allocation level (e.g., primary or secondary cost), production cost category (e.g., strategic, idle capacity, etc.), absorbability, and production cost type (e.g., material handling, process labor, etc.).
(26) Even a mention of Jack Johnson ruptures the elite strategy of reshaping the child's body towards absorbability into whiteness.
"It's just not our first priority," said Bob Hamilton, marketing director at Welspun, who noted that the company focuses its attention on other factors, including design, absorbability and laundering.
This is especially true for soil because Pb in soil can exist in a variety of different mineral forms and particle types, some of which tend to have low absorbability. Thus, equal ingested doses of different forms of Pb in soil may not be of equal health concern.
In experiments on monkeys, the company confirmed that the new formulation has an immediate action equivalent to injections as well as excels in absorbability through nasal mucosa.
45-80 Moisture Feedstuff Abrasiveness Absorbability Pelletability Oat hulls High Low Very low Alfalfa meal, High High Medium dehydrated Wheat bran Low Medium Low Brewers' grains Medium Medium Low Distillers' grains Medium Low Low Beet pulp Medium Medium Low Corn gluten feed Low Low Medium Wheat middlings Low Medium Very high Rice bran High Low Low Ground ear corn, Very high Medium Very low 45 lb./bushel.
lachryma-jobi seed contains different kinds of phytosterols, including sitosterol, sitosterone, campersterol and camperstanol (Chien, 1998; Lin, 1999), among which camperstanol has the best phytosterol selective absorbability, and the next is [beta]-sistosterol (Ikeda et al., 1988).